Coronavirus Could Kill 200,000 Americans: White House

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New York: A total of 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could eventually succumb to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, White House’s expert on infectious diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday.

“It’s possible. It’s entirely possible that would happen if we don’t mitigate. What we’re trying to do is to not let that happen,” he added.

The model which is predicting this death toll number assumes that social distancing is happening at scale, White House coronavirus response co-ordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said.

She warned that every city could produce cases similar to New York, which is considered the current epicenter of the pandemic.

Extending the social distancing guidelines currently in place till April 30. US president Donald Trump attributed the grim numbers to the ‘most accurate’ study so far.

He assured the Americans that they will be on their way to recovery by June 1.

Meanwhile, the US had more than 135,000 confirmed coronavirus cases till Sunday and 2,300 deaths due to the killer virus.

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